Tag: Passive Purgation

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Courage, Courage, Courage Needed to Endure Passive Purgation

St. John of the Cross explains that we need two kinds of purgation to make it to the higher levels of holiness and ultimately heaven. He calls them active and passive purgation. Active purgation is what we are tryingto do in Lent… take up voluntary penances to overcome ourselves. But,truth be told, we are too weak, too slow and too small of soul in performing such penances… So, God provides the needed cleansing by subjecting us to passive purgation.